Above: A look inside Intel's massive facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Intel's Rio Rancho plant ranks as the state's largest industrial company based on number of employees. (Photo courtesy of Intel).
Home to a number of major energy companies and high-tech manufacturers, New Mexico continues to attract new manufacturing enterprises, drawn by the state’s tax climate, and comprehensive job training initiatives. In addition, New Mexico manufacturers have access to many advanced manufacturing resources such as the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies and Center for High Tech Materials.
This article will explore the latest facts on New Mexico’s manufacturing sector and will provide details on the top manufacturing companies in New Mexico.
According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, New Mexico is currently home to 1,439 manufacturing companies employing 35,317 workers.
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According to MNI, Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 16,086 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in New Mexico include
• Farmington (2,155 jobs)
• Rio Rancho (2,147 jobs)
• Carlesbad (1,537 jobs)
• Santa Fe (1,464 jobs)
Bernalillo County is New Mexico’s largest in terms of manufacturing jobs, home to 22,124 workers. This is followed by San Juan County with 7,464 workers, Eddy County (5,119 jobs), Lea County (4,792 jobs) and Dona Ana County (2,775 jobs).
The food processing industry ranks as New Mexico’s largest industrial sector based on number of jobs, employing 15% of the state’s industrial workers. This is followed by electronic products and industrial machinery, each accounting for 11% of New Mexico’s manufacturing workers.
Stone, clay and glass products also ranks as a top New Mexico industrial sector, accounting for 8% of the state’ industrial jobs, as is instruments/related products, also accounting for 8%.
MNI reports there are 4,250 executive contacts among New Mexico’s manufacturing companies, including 757 presidents, 819 owners and partners; 333 vice-presidents and 337 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about New Mexico manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 3% of New Mexico manufacturers are women-owned
• 10% are publicly owned companies
• 8% import raw materials
• 19% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Intel Corp.||1,200||Rio Rancho||NM|
|Freeport McMoRan Chino Mines Co.||1,050||Vanadium||NM|
|Mosaic Potash Carlsbad, Inc.||650||Carlsbad||NM|
|Hilcorp Energy Co.||600||Aztec||NM|
|Adelante Development Center, Inc.||500||Albuquerque||NM|
|Leprino Foods Co., Inc.||500||Roswell||NM|
|Hollyfrontier Navajo Refining, LLC||470||Artesia||NM|
|BHP Billiton Mine Management Co.||460||Waterflow||NM|
|EOG Resources, Inc.||450||Artesia||NM|
1. Intel Corp. (Rio Rancho, NM)
Established in 1968, Intel was an earlier innovator of computer chip technology, and is today is a global technology firm headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Employing 1,200 workers in Rio Rancho, Intel is New Mexico’s largest industrial employer. This 1.4 million square-foot facility produces computer microchips, flash memory chips, and 300-millimeter wafer fabrication.
2. Freeport McMoRan Chino Mines, Co. (Vanadium, NM)
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is a major international mining company, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The company’s Chino Operation produces concentrates, copper cathodes and molybdenum concentrates. Employing 1,050, this location ranks as New Mexico’s second largest industrial employer.
3. Jabil, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM)
Consistent with New Mexico’s stronghold in high-tech manufacturing, ranking third in the state is Jabil, Inc., is a major provider of engineering and manufacturing solutions for the medical industry. Employing 800 in Albuquerque, this 769,000 square-foot facility produces endoscopic surgical supplies.
4. Mosaic Potash Carlsbad, Inc. (Carlsbad, NM)
Employing 650 in Carlsbad, Mosaic Potash is an agricultural leader, mining and processing potash into crop nutrients. The company’s 208,000 square-foot Carlsbad facility was established in 1946 and distributes its crop nutrient products around the world.
5. Hillcorp Energy Co. (Aztec, NM)
Headquartered in Houston, TX, Hillcorp Energy is among the nation’s largest privately owned natural gas exploration and production facilities. The company’s New Mexico’s facility was established in 2017 and operates in the state’s San Juan basin, which features over 15,500 producing wells. The company employs 600 and produces approximately 197,000 gross BOE (barrel of oil equivalent) per day.
6. Adelante Development Center, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM)
Employing 500 in Albuquerque, Adelante is a $30 million packaging company that provides hand and machine specialty packaging and fulfillment services. This includes shrink wrapping, kit collating, bagging, heat sealing, and custom hand assembly.
7. Leprino Foods Co., Inc. (Roswell, NM)
Leprino is the world’s largest mozzarella cheese producer and provider of major whey and lactose powder. Leprino employs 4,000 around the globe and distributes its products internationally. The company’s Roswell location encompasses 500,000 square feet and employs 500.
8. Hollyfrontier Navajo Refining, LLC. (Artesia, NM)
Reporting annual sales of $2 billion, Hollyfrontier Navajo Refining is a major petroleum refiner that specializes processes a variety of sour crude oils into light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. The company employs 470 in Artesia.
9. BHP Billiton Mine Management Co. (Waterflow, NM)
BHP is an Australia-based multinational mining company with 80,000 employees worldwide. The company’s Waterflow, NM location is one of three of BHP’s U.S. facilities and employs 460. Operating out of a 450,000 square-foot-facility, this site primarily focuses on coal mining.
10. EOG Resources, Inc. (Artesia, NM)
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, EOG Resources is among the nation’s largest crude oil and natural gas companies, specializing in exploration and production and maintaining reserves in U.S., Trinidad, and China. The company’s Artesia facility employs 450 and focuses on oil and gas exploration as well as coal bed methane gas production.
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